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OERB Brings Math and Science Curricula to Jones Academy

OERB Brings Math and Science Curricula to Jones Academy

The Oklahoma Energy Resources Board (OERB) is working to bring new math and science curricula to Jones Academy in an effort to teach students about the oil and natural gas industry. OERB staff spent a day at the school on May 10 giving Petro Pro presentations to students in grades 1-6. The presentations demonstrate how oil and natural gas is fo...

The Oklahoma Energy Resources Board (OERB) is working to bring new math and science curricula to Jones Academy in an effort to teach students about the oil and natural gas industry.

OERB staff spent a day at the school on May 10 giving Petro Pro presentations to students in grades 1-6. The presentations demonstrate how oil and natural gas is formed, found, recovered and used in our everyday lives.

Several teachers at Jones Academy are OERB trained teachers who have attended workshops and received OERB curricula and materials. Now, the OERB hopes even more Jones teachers will attend workshops.

“We hope to be able to provide more math and science lessons and materials to teachers at Jones Academy,” said Terra Argo, OERB Education Coordinator. “We think this is a unique partnership and we want to continue to strengthen it.”

Jones Academy 5th grade teacher Joe Wayne Sirmans is trained in the OERB curricula. He says the OERB presentations, along with the hands-on activities, correlate with JA's educational curricula in math and science.

“The lessons sparked our students’ interest and made learning interesting and fun,” he said. “Many students now have more knowledge about our oil and natural gas industry from audio visual aids, handouts, a bottle of real oil and informational analysis of sedimentary rock. Students also learned about safety issues involving pump sites and other facilities that were discussed.”

Founded by the Choctaw Nation in 1891, Jones Academy has provided a home and education to American Indian children from as many as 29 different federally recognized tribes across the United States. Each year approximately 200 students in grades 1-12 live on campus in a nurturing activity-filled environment.